First of all, I’d like to thank all the HI’s on this forum helping to clarify my numerous questions. I have learned that formal training and real world application are two very different beasts!
Here’s one of those questions that I couldn’t readily find an answer to:
I am aware that stair sets containing four or more risers require a handrail. What I have seen in a couple of instances are handrails on stairs with with less than four risers that are ‘ungraspable’ by residential standards.
Do we still call out an ungraspable handrail even though it wasn’t necessarily required?
I do all the time. It’s a safety issue. I call out uneven steps as a trip hazard as well. Usually the two are called out at the same time as the weekend home warrior decided to build poor steps with poor handrails at the same time.
(Thomas G. Valosin, NYS Lic 16000005194)
Now days, with many insurance carriers trying to minimize potential claims by requiring railings at any step structure greater than “one standard riser”, (which would depend on whatever version of whatever code the local AHJs are using), and wanting the railing retrofitted before issuing or, in some cases, renewing, a policy, it is a safety item of which we should be very aware. One day, it WILL be in the code-books. Insurance companies have ALWAYS been the driving force in the development of “codes”, AKA; SAFETY GUIDELINES.